Search Results: "Jeffrey Meyers"


BOOK REVIEW

JEFFREY STRANGEWAYS by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Murphy's adept pen drawings add a lot to the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of The Worst Witch (1974) tells a funny story about a medieval 11-year-old whose rescue of the local knight- errant is the result of slapstick-style good luck. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2005

"Disappointing art history, unrealized scandal."
The prolific biographer (Somerset Maugham, 2004, etc.) moves from his familiar journey among writers and actors to the dangerous realm of Impressionist painters. Read full book review >

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GARY COOPER by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"The book's lifeless prose suggests great haste and no small lack of interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The indefatigably prolific Meyers (Bogart: A Life in Hollywood, 1997, etc.) continues to work his way through the major icons of American film. Read full book review >

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EDMUND WILSON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 1995

"A neat and fluent narrative that will satisfy Wilson fans as well as those who want an introduction to America's Samuel Johnson."
The prolific biographer of Conrad, Poe, and Hemingway (among others) doesn't have to compete with earlier books in this case, since his straightforward account beats to the marketplace even the authorized life—due at some indefinite future date from Wilson editor Lewis Dabney—of America's greatest man of letters. Read full book review >

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JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >

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SOMERSET MAUGHAM by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2004

"A major biography, then, of a minor figure."
A well-considered life of the phenomenally successful but little esteemed English writer. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A biography that rounds out a writer whose life has been distorted by the mythic proportions of his experiences."
A discerning psychological reading of a highly fraught writer's life. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1991

Although he promises important new information about Joseph Conrad's life, most of what is new in this hefty biography from Meyers (D.H. Lawrence, 1990, etc.) is of minor significance. Read full book review >

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BOGART by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 1997

"A refreshingly serious film biography that movie lovers will appreciate for approaching Bogart as a subject, not a celebrity. (49 b&w photos, not seen)"
The man now considered America's greatest movie star is chronicled seriously and fully, but not always movingly or with new critical insight. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Vivid and haunting: a great success."
Fast upon the heels of Kenneth Silverman and his splendid Edgar A. Poe (1991), Meyers (Joseph Conrad, 1991, etc.) fashions an even greater success with the same material. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2010

"Not much new in this rehearsal of one of celebrity's saddest stories."
A thoroughly researched but ill-balanced retelling of the brief love affair, marriage, creative collaboration, estrangement and divorce of Hollywood's sexiest star and Broadway's leading playwright. Read full book review >